Archetypes. The Models of Our Entertainment and Philosophies. What is an Archetype?. An original model which other things are similarly patterned after An image, story pattern, character type, representation, or recurring idea Evokes strong associations to the reader or observer.
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The Models of Our Entertainment and Philosophies
…But we will be focusing on Symbolic and Character Archetypes
The Archetypes Include:
Light vs. Darkness
Water vs. Desert
Heaven vs. Hell
The Magic Weapon
Innate Wisdom vs. Educated Stupidity
Haven vs. Wilderness
Fire vs. IceSymbolic Archetypes
The battle of light and darkness will stretch beyond actual light and dark. The good (light) and bad (dark) can be seen through a story’s characters and their actions.
Water brings about hope for new life and spirituality.
A desert might bring about loss of life, faith, or hope.
“…and she’s buying the stairway…to heaven!” Typically Heaven is also associated with light and nature.
“Hell’s Bells!" Hell is often associated with fire, demons, evil, and the unknown places of earth.
Jesus Christ is woken from sleep and asked to intervene by calming the waters.
In the movie 300, the gods intervened when “Zeus hurled thunderbolts and rain storms as the enemy ships crashed against the rock.”
Damsel In Distress
The Devil Figure
The Creature of Nightmares
Young man from the Provinces
Hunting Group of Companions
The Evil Figure with the Ultimately Good Heart
The Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi
In order to become a Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker must complete his training (quest).
Robin Hood’s Merry Men never abandoned him despite the danger.
In the film The Matrix, the Oracle gives spiritual advice to Neo in his quest for the truth.
From the X-men comics and movies, Jean Grey and Cyclopes fall in love but she ultimately brings his downfall by turning into the Phoenix and killing him.
Mary Jane Watson is often being tossed around by villains. Lucky for her Spider-man is her boy-toy!
Romeo and Juliet ultimately pay the price for their love through their tragic death.
Poor Leo! Destiny seems to have it in for him –
sinking ship ring a bell???
Sam from the Lord of The Rings trilogy is the loyal retainer of Frodo.
Summoned from nightmares, Freddy Krueger terrorized teens in the 80’s and 90’s in the Nightmare on Elm Street films!